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No Bake Energy Bites are exactly what they sound like – they are a whole snack made with 6 ingredients all rolled up into a ball to give you plenty of energy as a mid-day snack. They are full of protein, fiber and good fats which will keep you feeling satiated and staying away from processed packaged snacks.
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I love recipes that are easy to make, flavorful, and better for me and my family, which is why these energy bites are a frequent flyer in my rotation. Just like my breakfast bars, granola bars, and overnight oats, these bites have an oatmeal base to help keep me and my family powered through the entire morning or afternoon. I keep a batch of these energy balls in my fridge throughout the week. Then I easily grab a couple when I’m on the go and want a fast nutritious bite. For energy bites, these surprisingly need little energy to make!
By far, the best energy bite recipe I have tried!! Love it!
Recipe at a Glance
Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method: No bake
Dietary Info: Vegetarian
Key Flavor: Peanut butter
Skill Level: Easy
- Nutrient-Dense: The oats, peanut butter, coconut, and flaxseed are all nutrient-dense foods that pack a lot of health benefits like protein, fiber, and complex carbs into this tiny package.
- Versatile: These energy bites make a great on-the-go breakfast, afternoon snack, or to power you through your workout.
- Convenient: These bites are no bake, so they’re quick and easy to make. After you make them, they’re just as easy to grab on your way out the door.
- Filling: The combination of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats in these bites will fill you up all morning long!
Ingredients for No Bake Energy Bites
- Quick Oats: The base for these energy bites. They create a wonderfully chewy texture and add a ton of fiber and complex carbs.
- Creamy Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is full of protein and healthy fat and helps bind the bites together.
- Shredded Coconut: Coconut adds natural sweetness and healthy fat.
- Ground Flaxseed: Another binder, flaxseed, is loaded with essential omega fatty acids.
- Mini Chocolate Chips: They’re just plain good!
- Honey: Honey adds sweetness to these bites while avoiding the need for refined sugars.
Popular Substitutions & Variations
- Swap out the honey: You can use maple syrup or even molasses in place of honey. You do want to stick with a liquid sweetener as it does help keep everything together.
- Toss in some more seeds: Chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds give the energy bites more plant-based protein and give them an extra crunch. I only used ground flaxseeds, but feel free to add others.
- Nuts or nut butter: Use small chopped nuts or nut butter. This is another way to add healthy fats, flavor, and protein to the energy bites. If you’re adding more nut butter, you’ll need to add some dry ingredients to offset it, like oats, almond flour, protein powder, or powdered peanut butter. For every ¼ cup of nut butter, use 1 cup of dry ingredients.
- Drop in some dried fruit: Think of using chopped dates, raisins, apricots, coconut or cranberries. I would recommend chopping them up finely or blending them in the food processor. And if you are adding more dried fruit, it helps to balance out the sweetness with something salty or bland like more nuts, oats, almond meal, or unsweetened protein powder.
- Spices: To add more flavor, I love throwing in cinnamon, or other warm spices like nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, turmeric or cloves. A lot of these spices have anti-inflammatory properties too so you’ll get a healthy dose of that in your energy bites!
- Sweet surprises: Hello chocolate chips and chocolate chunks! These make the energy bites more fun and sweet – perfect for kids! You can also add white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or even toffee pieces.
How to make no bake energy bites
Throw all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined and sticky, but doesn’t stick to your fingers. I played around with the energy bites mixture a few times and the recipe below comes out perfectly for me every time now!
Once you mix it all together, allow it to set in the fridge for one hour. That will let everything stick better together and allow the flavors to really soak in.
Then you’re ready to roll them into balls. I use a cookie scoop to make about 1-2 inch thick energy bites. You can also just use your hands and roll them into any sizes you like.
Thank you for this recipe….these are so good that I can’t stop eating them 😋-Faye A
Tips for Making the Best No Bake Energy Bites
- Allow 30 minutes to an hour for the dough mixture to chill. This will help the balls hold their shape when you roll them and it will also help the flavors to develop.
- Wet your hands when rolling the energy bites. This will help add some moisture to the oats since we’re not cooking them. It also helps makes forming the mixture into balls much easier.
- Use a cookie scoop to form the balls. This will help you create similar sized bites and the mixture will be easier to scoop and shape. I also think it’s much faster than using your hands
- The mixture should be slightly tacky to the touch. If the mixture is too dry, try adding more peanut butter or honey. On the other hand, if you feel that the mixture is too wet, you can fix that by adding more oats or more flaxseed.
What to Serve with No Bake Energy Bites
These delicious energy bites make a complete meal in a bite-sized package all on their own. However, smoothies are a great way to introduce more healthy ingredients like fruits and vegetables and an extra kick of protein to your morning or afternoon when served alongside them.
How to Store No Bake Energy Bites
These energy bites should be refrigerated for maximum freshness. You can also freeze them, which makes them perfect for meal prep.
How long will no bake energy bites last in the fridge?
These energy bites have a relatively long shelf life and will last for up to two weeks in the refrigerator when stored in an air-tight container.
Can I freeze no bake energy bites?
All the ingredients in these energy bites are freezer-friendly! Just place the energy bites on a baking sheet and freeze them until solid. Then, transfer them to an air-tight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag and store them for up to three months.
Frequently asked questions
You can make these energy bites vegan by simply swapping the honey for maple syrup. Although, I found that the mixture holds better with the sticky honey. You may need to add a couple tablespoons of water if using maple syrup.
It’s important to chill your oat mixture before forming it into balls and then store those balls in the refrigerator. Chilling them is what helps them retain their shape.
Make sure you have enough oats and dry ingredients in your energy bites to absorb the honey. It is a delicate balance between too wet/sticky and not enough binder ingredients. If you’re running into problems, I suggest adding a tablespoon or two of either the dry or wet ingredients until you get the desired texture you’re after.
These bites are vegan-friendly (swap honey for maple syrup), gluten free and packed full of healthy ingredients that will keep you feeling satiated. I hope you make this homemade healthy snack that’s full of feel good natural ingredients. And I hope it gives you energy to tackle your day with a pep in your step! Have fun with the recipe and customize it to your liking!
More No-Bake Snacks:
- Chocolate Coconut Balls
- No Bake Pumpkin Balls
- Almond Joy Bites
- Cookie Dough Bars
- Vegan Protein Bars
- Healthy Protein Balls
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No Bake Energy Bites
- Place all the ingredients together in a large bowl and mix with a spoon or spatula until well incorporated.
- Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator to set for half hour.
- Once chilled, remove from the fridge, use a cookie scoop to form the mixture into balls and roll with your hands.
- Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for 7-10 days.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.